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Hotel Africa

New short fiction from Africa

Short Story Day Africa's next anthology of innovative short fiction is set in the rooms, the passages, the bars and the lobbies of hotels across the continent, and seeks metafiction exploring Africa as a hotel herself. If these walls could talk, what story would they tell?

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For this sixth collection of stories seeking the most innovative writing emerging from the continent, we asked for stories of Africa’s hotels: grand and shabby, real and imaginary, pulsating with life and abandoned. Here, it’s not just the walls that speak (and weep); the corridors, kitchens, lobbies, bars and beds all have stories to tell. But none more so than the array of characters jostling each other across these pages: tourists, cleaners, children, beggars, honeymooners, cooks, soldiers, those travelling hopefully.

Check in to hear a chorus of irresistible voices – from Cameroon to Zambia, from Egypt to Malawi.

Check in to HOTEL AFRICA.


• Adam El Shalakany
• Natasha Omokhodion
• Wamuwi Mbao
• Chourouq Nasri
• Chido Muchemwa
• Bryony Rheam
• Troy Onyango
• Noel Cheruto
• Fred Nnamdi
• Harriet Anena
• Faith Oneya​
• Anna Degenaar
• Lester Walbrugh
• Adorah Nworah
• Davina Kawuma
• Paul Morris
• Alinafe Malonje
• Nkiacha Atemnkeng
• Tariro Ndoro
• Jayne Bauling
• Michael Yee

Short Story Day Africa brings together writers, readers, booksellers, publishers, teachers and school children from all over the globe to write, submit, read, workshop and discuss stories.


Page Count: 
128 x 194cm
UK Publication Date: 
Tuesday, 21 January, 2020
US Publication Date:
Thursday, 27 February 2020

[Short Story Day Africa] articulates the relationship between globalized first-world culture, with its expectations of fiction, genre, and style, and various African localities.

Los Angeles Review of Books

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